It is not hard to find highly skilled luthiers building custom archtop guitars these days. But Peter Hopkins of Penticton, British Columbia, has raised solid craftsmanship to the level of fine art. Using design concepts of Benedetto as a starting point, Hopkins has evolved a line of instruments that reflect both his personal vision and his impeccable standards for fit, finish and tone.
Carved of quilted flame of breathtaking depth and intensity, this Hopkins Marquis model is a spectacular presentation grade 17" archtop in the traditional style, with an X-braced 17" Venetian cutaway body. With its ultra-light construction (barely 5lb. 7oz.) the instrument is both elegantly balanced and highly responsive. The hardware is crafted of solid dark ebony, and the finely graduated tap-tuned soundboard is carved of fine grained quartersawn spruce, with just a hint of bearclaw figure.
Exceptionally clear and even through the range, the guitar has the open, woody quality of an instrument many times its age. Neck profile is a slim gentle D, with a generous 1 3/4" nut and 25" scale, with smooth low action over a fresh high-precision setup. The guitar is fitted with an Armstrong Handmade PAF humbucking pickup with a top-mount volume control and thumbwheel tone knob.
This spectacular instrument is in virtually unplayed condition, and this is the first Hopkins archtop we have had the pleasure to find for several years. Scarce in the best of times, and rarely seen on the vintage market, Peter Hopkins instruments are truly a pinnacle of the contemporary archtop guitar. One only: call now.
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